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It's that time, yet again, where Rocks Off supplies a convenient wrap-up of the week in local music news, just enough to tide you over until we return on Monday.

Before we get started, a tip of the hat to Mr. David Cobb of Houston Calling, whose blog just celebrated its eighth year. David's got some great previews of SXSW artists that are definitely worth reading, and he's also got some information about Explosions In The Sky's upcoming release.

In other local music blog news, Breakfast On Tour got a nice facelift.

This week's soundtrack comes courtesy of Paste, who is currently hosting David Ramirez's Strange Town EP for streaming. Ramirez is a former Houstonian now residing in Austin, by way of a Nashville detour (and also a high school classmate of MCM's). Paste has some nice words to say about him, and the EP is pretty darn good.

For those looking to fill up their Saturday with music, the Spring Forward Music Festival takes over Groundhall and Echo Lounge. The whole shindig starts at 2 p.m., features three stages, and three dozen acts, for a scant ten bucks ($15 at the door).

Dan Electro's hosts South By Due East all weekend long, which includes several dozen bands and is free as dirt.

Delicious Milk, Commie Hillfiger, Thunderkunt, Vincent Priceless and Skeleton Dick play a free show at Fitzgerald's tonight. Unsure what a Delicious Milk show entails? Just watch this video from their December 17 show.

Soul duo Cadence drops in to play a free Cactus in-store at 1 pm on Saturday.

Los Skarnales kicks off a tour at Fitz on Saturday.

Mucky Duck hosts a fundraiser for KPFT Sunday, with the Honky Tonk Blood trio, Robert Ellis, Mike Stinson and many more in the lineup.

Monday, Fitz hosts another pair of free shows, with Parts & Labor headlining an upstairs lineup that also includes Black Congress, Pterodactyl, Amen Dunes and Prince Rama. Downstairs, Toro Y Moi, Cloud Nothings and Reading Rainbow round out the bill.

Also Monday, Dávila 666 swings through Rudyard's, with The Mahas, Funboys, and The Busy Kids.

The Mink's got a full week too, including a Wednesday show with Damien Jurado, Viva Voce, David Dondero, and Franz Nicolay (formerly of The Hold Steady), as well as a Thursday show with Mike Watt & The Missingmen.

Stephen Farris - aka Cosmic Sound - put up a new track that caught Pitchfork's attention. Check out "Orange Mellow." Stephen also leaked another track, "The Letter."

B L A C K I E and Robert Ellis both get some love from The New York Times in this article about Texas acts poised to break big at SXSW.

Speaking of B L A C K I E, former Houstonian Lance Scott Walker has a nice writeup in 002 magazine about the rapper's stop in Brooklyn.

Something Fierce makes it into Paste as well via this Dirtnap Records SXSW sampler.

The HoustonTXSW party, where Houstonians from the film, interactive and musical arenas converge on Austin this Monday, is all set. Space City Rock has details.

Tax The Wolf says they'll have a new album out November 11 and a split EP with Juzcoz out on May 28.

Much to his chagrin, Robert Ellis launched an official Facebook Fan Page. According to the page, his New West debut will be out July 5, and a two-song 7" sometime in May.

Luke Lukas offers up "Introverted Future" from his forthcoming Tiny Numbers EP.

"I'm Fly" from Trae Tha Truth feat. Yo Gotti, surfaced on YouTube.

Cop Warmth recently went into Dead City Sound and recorded with William Hesser, resulting in "Die Slow."

Four tracks from Vivian Pikkles & the Sweethearts Über Alles showed up on Bandcamp, including the sludgy "It's Bologna Being Lonely."

The Wild Moccasins have snippets from two tunes in this short Converse promo.

Of course Chamillionaire released a track called "Charlie Sheen."

Agro-Wax says that a Crimewave 12" is on the way.

New videos from two of our local series appeared From a recent Caroline Sessions: Two from Corey Power of Ragged Hearts and one from Prairie Cadets. (Full disclosure: Yes, that's MCM's band.)

Here's The Ton Tons performing "1816" at Canned Acoustica II.

Here's a pair of songs from Davey Crockett live at Mango's.

Dirty N' Nasty dropped a new track on Biggie's birthday: "Rap-A-Lot."

Meanwhile, Dirty released a mixtape - aptly titled Play Dirty - yesterday.

Squincy Jones tackles Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" for Screwed Tuesday.

Finally, The Nice Guys debuted a new track, "Ari Gold." In case you haven't heard, they're also on our cover this week.

Remember, send that music news to marc [dot] brubaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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